1 Year and 200,000 Miles of Travel in 6 Minutes

1 Year and 200,000 Miles of Travel in 6 Minutes


Hi, I know I’ve ignored this channel for
more than a year, but it was kinda a busy one. Let me explain. 12 months ago I was living in Sydney, Australia,
working on finishing by degree in International Business and my last exam was on November
20th, two days before Thanksgiving, so on November 21, I hopped on a Japan Airlines
Dreamliner to Tokyo, where the flight attendants insisted on taking this awkward photo of me,
connected to a flight to Boston, then finally a flight to DC, my hometown, to celebrate
Thanksgiving. This was the first time I’d been in the
US for the holiday for three years, which was nice. A few days later, on December 5th, I hopped
on a plane to Amsterdam, via Detroit, where I met up with these guys, Joseph from Real
Life Lore and Brian from Real Engineering, slept in an airport Hilton, then the next
day got on a plane down to Kigali, Rwanda where we were filming a video at Zipline—a
drone delivery company. We also did a cheeky safari, which was cool. After a week there, we hopped on a Rwandair
plane to Cape Town, via Harare, and spent a couple days there, just for fun. Then I flew to Johannesburg, connected to
the daily Delta flight, and enjoyed 16 hours crossing the south and north Atlantic before
arriving in Atlanta, and connecting to DC, where I spent Christmas. Next up, you know that thing that YouTubers
do where they buy their parents something when they sort-of, “make it?” Well, I bought my parents and brothers a trip
to Hong Kong for Christmas. They knew they were going somewhere, but they
didn’t know where until Christmas day. The day after Christmas, that meant I was
on another plane to Amsterdam, where we had a day-long layover, and then another one all
the way to Hong Kong, where we spent five or six days over New Year’s, before catching
a plane to Paris and eventually back to DC. Literally two days after arriving back from
that, I caught a plane down to Nassau, Bahamas, where I spent a week at this educational video
creator meet-up, conference, something or other, where I spotted the biggest cruise
ship in the world, before flying back to DC and, after a few days, hopping on the Amtrak
overnight train to Chicago, which was four hours late, and connecting to the Amtrak overnight
train to Glenwood Springs, Colorado which was eight hours late. The train was just for fun, but I had serious
business to attend to in Colorado—skiing. After a week or so of that, including watching
the X-games, I drove down to Denver, saw one of the greatest musical groups in the world—Too
Many Zooz—and flew back to DC via Chicago. I spent about two weeks in DC just working
and visiting with family before getting on a plane to London. It was VidCon London/EduCon time, which was
great. I then flew up to Edinburgh for a week of
unsuccessful flat-hunting and friend-visiting before flying back to London, then to Singapore,
then to Sydney for another fun semester of university. Believe it or not, I passed the entire month
of March without getting on a plane, but in early April I was back at it again. I flew to Alice Springs via Melbourne for
a week-long uni project before flying back to Sydney for two weeks. I then got on a plane to Hong Kong where I
met up with Joseph from Real Life Lore and Evan from Polymatter for a fun non-work trip. After Hong Kong, we crossed the border to
Shenzhen, saw Avengers, spent two nights there, then took the train up to Shanghai for a few
days, rode the fastest train in the world to Shanghai airport, from where I then flew
back to Sydney via Singapore One week after that, I was back on a plane
this time to Dubai and then Amsterdam, went to the Hague, then to Maastricht, then to
the Hague, then to Brussels, then to the Hague again for a video I was filming on Air Traffic
Control. I also saw Too Many Zooz, the really good
group I had seen in Denver, again. I then flew from Amsterdam to Heathrow where
I was filming something for a video that never released for bureaucracy reasons, which was
annoying, then flew to Paris, where I spent a night just for kicks, before flying to Doha
and then Sydney. By the way, that whole trip, from leaving
Sydney to getting back to it, was just eight days. It was exhausting. A week after that, for very much not fun personal
reasons, I bought a plane ticket with five-hours notice back to DC, via Honolulu, where I spent
the next ten days, before flying back to Sydney via Houston. After two weeks finishing up exams and stuff,
broken up by a quick one-night trip to Melbourne to see friends, I was done with Australia
forever. I got on a plane to Singapore, where I spent
two nights, exclusively for the reason that I had booked a miles ticket from Singapore
to Hong Kong to DC for a really good rate on Cathay Pacific using Alaska miles. Then after a bit I flew to Honolulu and eventually
Maui to visit my grandmother, flew in a helicopter for the first time ever, then flew to Colorado
via Dallas for a few days of summer mountain fun before flying to Los Angeles for EduCon
and VidCon. The highlight of that was sitting in the Ferrari
that Joseph Life Lore and JT from Second Thought had rented for their car review show, Grand
Test Auto. After that, I flew to New York for some meetings,
took the train back to DC, went to three soccer games in a week, somehow, then flew to Nice,
France via Zurich to see some cousins, then flew to Oslo to meet up with Joseph from Real
Life Lore and Evan from Polymatter again. There we saw this ridiculous yacht that’s
one of the ten largest in the world and is actually a converted Dutch warship. Then we flew to Svalbard to record season
two of my podcast, then to Stockholm via Tromso and Oslo just for fun. I then flew to Amsterdam to help an undisclosed
person film an undisclosed and as yet unreleased secret project. Next up was Tel Aviv for a few days of meetings
before flying all the way to San Francisco and then Colorado for a few weeks of summer
mountain fun. Then, it was back to DC via Chicago, where
I spent a few weeks before, in early September, flying to Edinburgh, Scotland where I was
moving back to. Literally five days after moving back, I was
on a plane to Dubai and then Melbourne, Australia for VidCon Australia. I didn’t really need to go, but I wanted
to go. After four days there, it was back to Dubai,
then back to Edinburgh. I stayed put for a good eight days, but then
got on a plane from Glasgow to Orlando, which I was supposedly going to for work reasons,
but there definitely was a lot of Disneyworld involved. Then I was up to Boston for some interviews
for a video, then, after literally 22 hours there, down to Philadelphia, where I connected
onto an American Airlines 757 taking me back to Edinburgh, Scotland, where I am now. This is basically to explain to you why I’ve
been a little absent from this channel. It’s been a busy year. Keep in mind that throughout this all, I’ve
been going to uni, making a Wendover video every other week, an HAI video every week,
a podcast, and having at least a tiny, minuscule morsel of a social life. Also, one quick aside, don’t worry: every
single one of these flights is carbon offset and I donated a lot of trees to Team Trees. I’m not about killing the environment. Also, I’m not sure how to make this video
without it just seeming like one big flex, which I guess it kind of is, but just know
that I’m very, very grateful to be able to travel this much. That is, by far, the greatest thing about
my job as a YouTuber. What I do realize, though, is that a lot of
these trips I take could make interesting videos so I’m going to put a real effort
into being active on this channel. Don’t expect too much, there won’t be
any masterpieces, but if you’re interested in some of the behind-the-scenes of what being
a full-time educational YouTuber is like, this will hopefully be the channel for you. So, that’s to say, see you soon on this
channel, hopefully.

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